The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Provides a detailed interpretation of important romantic comedy films from as early as 1932 to movies made in the twenty-first century
- Presents a full analysis of the range of romantic comedy conventions, including dramatic conflicts, characters, plots, settings, and the function of humor
- Develops a survey of romantic comedy movies and builds a canon of key films from Hollywood's classical era right up to the present day
- Chapters work as discrete studies as well as within the larger context of the book
2 History, Cycles, and Society.
3 Thinking Seriously About Laughter and Romance.
4 Trouble in Paradise (1932): What is the Trouble in Paradise?
5 His Girl Friday (1940): Jailbreak!
6 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944): The Home Front Romantic Comedy.
7 Adam's Rib (1949): Anatomy Lesson.
8 Some Like It Hot (1959): Riding Sidesaddle.
9 The Graduate (1967): Counter-Conventions and Cultural Change.
10 Annie Hall (1977): The Trials of Partnership.
11 When Harry Met Sally (1989): Friendship, Sex, and Courtship.
12 There's Something About Mary (1998): Parody and the Grotesque.
13 Waitress (2007): Women's Ambivalence.
A Chronology of Prominent Hollywood Romantic Comedies.